Dragnet - Episode # 18 The Big Seventeen w/commercials
Sergeant Friday investigates the destruction of a movie theater by a gang a teenagers! The cops find a small box containing marijuana and put two-and-two togetherâ¦the reefer is making the kids go wild! Turns out that teenage Johnny is pushing weed, yellow jackets, goof balls and "H." His friend tells the policeâbut it's too late...Johnny takes a hot shot and ODs!
Subject: Didn't See This Documented
Subject: Lunch for Friday
Subject: Bad weed
Subject: Poor audio
As other reviewers mentioned, sound is very low. If you have a video editor, you should be able to boost the audio to an acceptable level.
Subject: Good show
Subject: BREAKFAST MUFFINS
Subject: "some get lost along the way"
Finally, after closely questioning his former girlfriend, they go with her to a meeting in a park. As the episode summary notes, he died of an overdose.
Subject: Another 1950's Good Series
Too bad we don't have shows like this anymore. I don't know why the I Led 3 Lives TV series is being hidden or banned, because it was made during the same time frame. Hopefully it will soon show up here.
Subject: The 1952 Date is Correct
This video was likely sourced from a syndication print made several years later (meaning that later commercials were spliced in), however the 1952 original show air date is correct. Check with any of several online film or television databases.
Subject: Dated Wrong
first clue, its dated 11/6/1952 but the car commercials says look for the new car on oct 16. they wouldnt promote a car 11 months away.
secondly, the freakin car commercial has new for '59 at the end of it!!
still a great show though but incorrectly dated.
Subject: Drug use
While it wasn't exactly mainstream, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin were all relatively common and easily obtained in any urban area in the 30s.
Smoking pot was cool amongst jazz musicians in the 20s, and probably before.
A couple decades before that, anyone could walk into a drugstore and buy cocaine, morphine, or cannabis tinctures. You could even order yourself a convenient cocaine and syringe kit from Sears.
While the anti-drug nonsense is good for a laugh, you can't blame Jack Webb for reefer madness. Dragnet is always a great show, and Jack Webb is awesome. Personally, I watched this episode stoned and enjoyed it, without kicking the back of anyone's seat or yelling curse words I wouldn't use at a stag party.
Subject: It's modern for 1952...
I'm kinda glad the year was wrong... it gave me an opportunity to use my knowledge to tell me that something just wasn't right!
Subject: Won't work anymore
Subject: just the facts, mam
Subject: Poor Jonny
Subject: Still packs a wallop
Subject: Super Campy
Subject: dum de dum dum
on radio and few of the episodes from tele-
vison. Please get more of them if possible.
Well this commercial will tell you. Because little Sally's head would rot right off her shoulders if she used denture scrub.
That doesn't answer the question. But the show doesn't answer the question why Johnny is insane either. Smoking reefer didn't get him that way. My theory is that Jack Webb's politacal agenda drives everyone nuts.
So stay in school kids, and don't use Jack Webb. Good show though.
Subject: Any '50s Commercials are Better than No '50s Commercials.
As for the commercials--THEY AREN'T ORIGINAL! Dragnet was sponsored (owned) by Liggett & Myers. The sponsoring brands were Fatima and Chesterfield cigarettes. Cigarettes played an important part of every show, even the ones geared for minors to watch, like this one. Joe Friday would offer a cigarette to a witness, he would puff a cigarette in a certain way, or there would be something else that involved cigarettes. It would be nice to see the old Fatima commercials that went with this show. But any commercials from the 1950s are better than none. So I will watch the Camel cigarette ads or the ads for the 1959 Chevy with Pat Boone and Dinah Shore. It is a good show.
Subject: Memories from the fifties.
Fond memories of a wonderful time long gone.
The commercials were fun, too. The last one, for a 1959 Chevy had Pat Boone and a songstress, well known at the time, whose name escapes me.
I downloaded the 256kb mpeg4. The video was good quality and the audio was clean, but required full volume through my external speakers to be heard easily. I notice some syncing problems here and there throughout.
Subject: Poor sound quality
Unfortunately, this means I cannot watch this while doing anything else as normal computer sounds (right click, menu click, etc) are magnified 100x what they should be.
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